A lot of metal people rag on Liturgy (the NYC black metal band recently signed to Thrill Jockey) for being too hipster and false. They’re turned off by the lack of metalhead attire and frontman Hunter Hunt-Hendrix’s admittedly pretentious musings on what he calls ‘transcendental black metal.’
Not to be all up in Thrill Jockey’s, er, jock, but they are just killing it with all their recent additions to their roster — Daniel Higgs-fronted Skull Defekts, Liturgy, and now Zomes. Asa Osbourne, fellow Lungfish bandmate of Daniel Higgs, is out with another batch of blissed-out tape beat and keyboard compositions.
Daniel Higgs is the new frontman for Swedish experimental rock band The Skull Defekts. This makes me happy. Their latest album, Peer Amid, is out on Thrill Jockey and the band is touring. This is a lot more ‘rock’ than the other stuff Higgs has been up to lately, and there’s a ’90s vibe to […]
I got to know Thrill Jockey as the label for mellow, contemplative art/jazz bands that wind up being played on NPR. Of late, though, they have been signing some really left-field acts such as Daniel Higgs, Future Islands, Barn Owl, and now Brooklyn-based ‘transcendental black metal’ band Liturgy. I think it’s a good fit because […]
Ok, just like backpack rap and alt-country acts piss me off because they are too apologetic for the genre they work in, there’s a lot of new instrumental and indie metal bands that rub me the wrong way for taking out the elements of the genre that might scare off the uninitiated.
Baltimore synth-pop band Future Islands have been busy lately. Along with In The Fall, a 12″ EP of b-sides released earlier this month, their Thrill Jockey debut In Evening Air is due out May 4, right at the start of a month-and-a-half-long tour. Gerrit Welmers lays down dance-y New Wave rhythms and William Cashion slams […]